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WHAT: National First-Generation College Celebration WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 5, and Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 WHERE: UTRGV Brownsville and Edinburg campuses
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – At UTRGV, 58 percent of students are the first generation to attend college in their immediate family.
The university will host events on Tuesday, Nov. 5, on both the Brownsville and Edinburg campuses to celebrate the success of its first-generation students.
Around the country, Friday, Nov. 8, is National First-Generation College Celebration Day and marks the anniversary of the signing of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
The Higher Education Act (HEA), which emerged from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, is a law that strengthens the educational resources of colleges and universities around the country and provides financial assistance for post-secondary students.
FIRST GEN PLÁTICA
12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5.
· UTRGV Edinburg – EASCSB Room 1.104
· UTRGV Brownsville – BINAB Room 1.125
The UTRGV Department of Writing and Language Studies will host First Gen Plática. UTRGV faculty who were first-generation college students will speak about their journey through the college experience as the first in their families to go to college.
For more information about this event, contact Cynthia.Saldivar@utrgv.edu, program manager, Student Academic Success, at 956-882-7483.
TRiO SSS FIRST GENERATION CELEBRATION
5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8
UTRGV Brownsville – BMSLC Room 2.104
The UTRGV Office of Special Programs, TRiO Student Support Services (SSS), will celebrate its first-generation students and recognize fall 2019 graduating SSS first-generation students.
SSS participants have been invited to participate. Attendees will receive first-gen buttons designed by a TRiO SSS student, and certificates for the SSS graduating seniors. There also will be a selfie station where students can pose for pictures with first-generation items.
For more information about this event, contact Camelia.Rubalcada@utrgv.edu, Director of Special Programs, TRiO Student Support Services.